Background: The chloride channel CFTR (Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator) is expressed by many cell types, including hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). In this study, we sought to better comprehend the regulation of CFTR activity in HSPCs, namely by beta-adrenergic stimuli. Methods: The expression of β2-adrenergic receptor (β2-AR) in murine Sca-1+ HSPCs was investigated by immunofluorescence/confocal microscopy and flow-cytometric analysis. Association with CFTR was assessed by immunoprecipitation. HSPCs were evaluated for ATP content and CFTR activity by means of luminometric and spectrofluorometric methods, respectively, upon stimulation with salbutamol. Results: HSPCs express β2-AR over the whole plasma membrane and are associated in cellula with both the immature and mature forms of CFTR. β2-AR was predominantly expressed by HSPCs with bigger size. CFTR channel activity was increased by salbutamol treatment and this activation was inhibited by either a specific CFTR inhibitor (CFTRinh172) or a β2-AR receptor inhibitor (ICI 118,551). Intracellular ATP levels were reduced by salbutamol stimulation and this effect was reversed when ICI 118,551 or CFTR inhibitors were present. A trend in the increase of extracellular ATP upon salbutamol stimulation was observed. Conclusions: In HSPCs, CFTR is regulated by β2-adrenergic receptor stimulation determining intracellular ATP depletion.
- Adrenergic receptor
- Hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health